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Posts By: Navin Chaddha

Championing Entrepreneurs with $525 Million in Two New Funds

Championing Entrepreneurs with $525 Million in Two New Funds

Since our founding in 1969, Mayfield has championed hundreds of entrepreneurs, from an idea to an impactful company. During our 46-year history, we have invested in more than 520 companies, resulting in 114 IPOs and more than 160 mergers or acquisitions. See our notable investments for additional details. Today we have raised $525 million across two…

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Navin Chaddha Shares Learnings from Serial Entrepreneurs Jake/Brighter & Manish/Poshmark

On Big Ideas, Serial Entrepreneurs & Marathons

Today, Jake Winebaum, founder & CEO of Brighter, a Saas-enabled dental marketplace, announced a $21 million financing round.  This follows last week’s news of a $25 million financing round announced by Manish Chandra of Poshmark, a mobile fashion marketplace. The ability of these two companies to raise healthy amounts of capital and attract best-in-class investors…

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The Talent Economy Tejas Maniar

The Talent Economy

“By 2013 more than half of the top 50 companies were talent-based, including three of the four biggest: Apple, Microsoft, and Google.  (The other was ExxonMobil.)  Only 10 owed their position on the list to the ownership of resources.  Over the past 50 years the U.S. economy has shifted decisively from financing the exploitation of…

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The Rewarding Journey of Championing a Serial Entrepreneur

The Rewarding Journey of Championing a Serial Entrepreneur

Rehan Jalil is a serial entrepreneur whom I first met in 2007. At that time, he had an innovative idea to build a wireless equipment company with product excellence and a capital-efficient model.  Our partnership lasted for 2.5 years, during which Wichorus pioneered the new category of smart wireless 4G infrastructure, impressed customers & partners…

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Alignable blog post

Does the world need another professional social network?

  It does, especially for small business owners, which haven’t had a social network built specifically for them until now. Small business owners have it tough – they’re 50% of our GDP and the lifeblood of our economy, but they don’t get to access sophisticated technology that larger corporations have, they wear many different hats,…

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Nesting Dolls

Navin Chaddha Shares Mayfield View on Containers

The DockerCon user conference recently concluded in San Francisco, and the evidence of the container movement gaining momentum was clear — 2,000+ attendees, 70 sponsors and more than 40 exhibitors. Add to this the approximately $500 million of VC investment in container-related companies to date; the lists of hot startups that are beginning to appear;…

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The Earth

The Dawn Of The Age Of The Software ‘Infrapreneur’

The software-defined data center should be a call to all entrepreneurs focused on enterprise infrastructure that the past does not predict the future, but it can be undone by it. And the past was great. It was great for entrepreneurs and VCs. Categories for hardware-based servers, storage, networking and security were created in the past…

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Lyft Pioneers the Ridesharing Movement

  We first met Logan and John, Lyft co-founders, in August 2011 when we led the Series A financing.  Many things were different about the company then – it was called Zimride, the value proposition was that of an electronic billboard for short-term ridesharing, the business model was to offer it as a SaaS service…

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India

Our Answer to the Why India Now Question

I started investing in the technology and tech-enabled sector in India in 2000. I’m a generalist who follows entrepreneurs, rather than sectors or markets. As a result, my investments span across early and growth-stage companies focused on the consumer, enterprise, and infrastructure sectors in India. Some of my notable investments include IL&FS Investsmart, MakeMyTrip, Persistent…

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